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Law change to allow some bereaved partners to receive compensation

Important update for cohabiting couples following a bereavement A claim for compensation is rarely at the forefront of a person’s mind following the death of a friend, partner or relative. However, if a legal claim is to be brought, it can include a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate...

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Prevention is indeed better than cure…

The Public Policy Research think tank, IPPR, has published a timely report (coming ahead of APIL’s Injury Prevention Week) calling for the UK Government to act on the renewed focus on public health to inform the public on the role of injury prevention in public heath, both physical and mental,...

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Do your part to help everyone stay safe | Injury prevention week 2020

According to Government figures published in September 2019, there were 122,635 road traffic accidents in Great Britain the previous year, of which a staggering 24,836 involved fatal or serious injuries. The World Health Organization reports that approximately 1.35 million people die worldwide each year as a result of road traffic...

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Construction industry deaths on the rise

The number of deaths in the construction industry was higher than any other sector in the last financial year, new figures reveal. The Health & Safety Executive have released statistics which show that 40 people died in the construction industry in 2019/20, up from 30 the previous year. Whilst care...

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The price of love

An underwhelming valentine’s gift On and around Valentine’s Day I often think of the clients whose fatal accident cases I have settled. They may now be secure financially, but have they been able to move on and start a new life with a new partner? For me the best part...

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Falls from height

The second biggest cause of death in agriculture Whilst campaigns such as the NFU’s Farm Safety Week have done much to raise awareness of the dangers of farming, the UK’s agriculture sector has the highest workplace death and injury rate of all the main industry sectors with a fatal injury...

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Will the drink drive limit be lowered?

Less fatal road traffic collisions? In the last week the House of Lords began the process of reading a Bill, which if enacted would ultimately mean the drink drive limit would become consistent over the whole of the United Kingdom. Scotland already has a limit of 50mg alcohol in 100ml...

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Private Members Bill Seeks Reform of Damages for Bereavement and Psychiatric Injury

A Private Members Bill to be laid before parliament by Middlesbrough MP Andy MacDonald and supported by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) seeks to create greater flexibility and fairness in the Courts’ quantification of damages for bereavement and psychiatric injury in the English and Welsh Courts. The law...

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Legal Aid Funding to be available for representation at Inquests

Following our blog on 13 February, Mr Justice Green has handed down his Judgment in the case of R Joanna Letts) v Lord Chancellor and The Equality and Human Rights Commission as to whether or not the Lord Chancellor’s guidance on funding representation at Inquests through Legal Aid is wrong....

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CW support the challenge to Inquest funding

On 5 February 2015 a Judicial Review brought by Joanna Letts was heard in relation to the Lord Chancellor’s guidance on public funding for lawyers representing interested parties at Inquests.  The outcome of that hearing is eagerly awaited. On 19 August 2014 Christopher Letts, Ms Letts’ brother, jumped to his...

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